• Tennis Player
    Tennis Player
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tennis a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dimensions of a tennis court The dimensions of a tennis court
A game of doubles in lawn tennis A game of doubles in lawn tennis
How to mark out a tennis court How to mark out a tennis court

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The White House has a movie theater, swimming pool, bowling lane, jogging track, and a tennis court
    • n Tennis A play in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racket or with the open hand. "His easy bow, his good stories, his style of dancing and playing tennis , . . . were familiar to all London."
    • v. t Tennis To drive backward and forward, as a ball in playing tennis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament
    • n tennis A very old and elaborate ball-game played by two, three, or four persons in a building specially constructed for the purpose. The court (96 feet by 32) is surrounded by a wall, from which a sloping roof called the penthouse extends on three sides to an inner wall 7 feet high; and a net 5 feet high at the ends to 3 in the middle is placed across the court. The first player (the server) hits a ball with a racket so that it strikes the penthouse or the wall above it, and rebounds into the court on his opponent's side of the net. The opposing player (the striker-out) has to strike the ball back into the server's court before it strikes the ground, or on its first bound. The player who is the first to drive the ball into the net or beyond the prescribed boundary loses a stroke. If a player fails to return the ball before it strikes the ground twice, a chase is noted against him on the marked floor. This does not count at the time, but a stroke may be won or lost from it by subsequent play. When two chases have been made, or when the score of one side reaches 40, the players change ends. Strokes are won and lost in various other ways besides those mentioned above (as by driving the ball into certain openings in the inner wall), the game being extremely complicated. The mode of scoring (by 15, 30, 40, and game, with deuce and advantage) has been taken from this game by lawn-tennis. Tennis arose in Europe during the middle ages, and was very popular. It is now played under the name of court-tennis, to distinguish it from lawn-tennis. See racket and lawn-tennis.
    • n tennis Same as lawn-tennis.
    • tennis To drive, as a ball in playing tennis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
    • n Tennis ten′is an ancient game for two to four persons, played with ball and rackets within a building specially constructed for the purpose: lawn-tennis (q.v.), a modern imitation of the former
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  • Andre Agassi
    Andre Agassi
    “It's shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you're just thinking about nothing except winning every point.”
  • Walter Cronkite
    Walter Cronkite
    “I asked [my doctors] if I'd be able to play singles tennis and they said I could. That made me very happy since I haven't played in five years.”
  • Tracy Austin
    Tracy Austin
    “To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis.”
  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “We are merely the stars tennis-balls, struck and bandied which way please them.”
  • Robert Frost
    “I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tennes, tenies, tenyse,; of uncertain origin, perhaps fr. F. tenez, hold or take it, fr. tenir, to hold (see Tenable)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat suggests O. Fr. tenies, pl. of tenie, a fillet—L. tænia.


In literature:

Now, get it out, and those old tennis shoes, and that cap.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
The tree had been set up in the indoor tennis-court, which was in the Casino.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
Miss Nancy Van Slyke and Miss Mary Morison are capturing all the tennis titles.
"The 1926 Tatler" by Various
Say, Larry, do that one with the three tennis balls.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Do sit down; or have you come to play tennis?
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Tennis was allowed, cards and dice were forbidden.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
What d'you say to a last game of tennis?
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The women departed at three, for there was to be tennis until five o'clock.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
They say to me, 'You play golf and cricket; of course you can play tennis.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 26th, 1914" by Various
A little farther on was a tennis-court, and four people, apparently young, were playing tennis.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
Tennis was old and did not appeal to her.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
As he walked to the front door, he saw people playing tennis at the side of the house.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Hilary and Cecily had been playing tennis, and, overhearing the alarming news, came up to the steps of the verandah.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
What sort of a fellow is this Tenny, over at the Rocking-R?
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
There are some words which I am unable to endure, such as salt-cellar, tuberculosis, tennis-net and den.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
He needs a lot more tennis.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
TENNIS TACTICS, by Raymond D. Little.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
I play golf, for instance, and tennis; I even ride.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
And then back to more tennis and more talk.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells

In poetry:

Dire was the meeting, thunder crack,
Like tennis-balls they bounded back;
When strange amaze and wild dismay
Did looks of Warder-men display.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
Now on the lawn
The olives fall by thousands, and I delight
To shed my tennis shoes and walk on them,
Pressing them coldly into the deep grass,
In love and reverence for the total loss.
"The Olive Tree" by Karl Shapiro
But the only girl I ever met had
her "energies channelled" far too bloody
"healthily", and very quickly let me
know that love was merely another means
of saying nil. It was not as though I
became any good at tennis; either.
"Love-All" by Ben Jonson
Just beyond the garden wall we could hear the merry call
Of the tennis players yonder, flitting gaily in the sun,
But we recked not of their glee, for all too content were we,
And we weren’t flushed and heated when our quiet game was done.
"Croquet" by Alice Guerin Crist
We've billiards, bowls an' tennis courts, we've teas an' motor-rides;
We've concerts nearly every night, an' 'eaps o' things besides;
We've all the best of everything as much as we can eat —
But my 'eart — my 'eart's at 'ome in 'Enry Street.
"The Convalescent" by Cicely Fox Smith
There is also golf courses, tennis greens, and good roads,
Which will make the travelling easier to tourists with great loads,
And which will make the bicyclists' hearts feel gay,
Because they have everything there to make an enjoyable holiday.
"Beautiful Crief" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

It's actually a new device instituted by Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to monitor the volume of grunts expelled by female tennis players during competition.
Franklyn Scott, 2011 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge Men's Tennis Champion.
Greg Kahn/Staff Athletes train during practice the Wheelchair Tennis Group for the Lee County Tennis Association at Brooks Community Park in Fort Myers on Jan 5, 2012.
The Taft JV girls' tennis team went 2-3 in the Wasco Tennis Classic Friday and Saturday, but it was closer than it sounds.
Rock Hill Rocks 4th annual Tennis Tournament all this week a the Rock Hill Tennis Center.
Tennis player Serena Williams, right, in action as she plays tennis with a school child, during a clinic session in Lagos, Nigeria.
Kids got the chance to play tennis on their terms Saturday at the Oak Ridge High School tennis courts.
The Petersburg Racquet Club Advanced 18s junior tennis team has advanced to junior tennis' biggest stage.
Peninsula Tennis Club member Julien Berg speaks to the board in support of the proposed tennis bubble.
It's your last chance to see some of the top male tennis pros in action during the Legg Mason Tennis Classic's final weekend.
Women's tennis outfits from Tennis Zone in Centerville.
A tennis camp for children 10 and younger will be available to the kids who would like to try the game of tennis or improve their skills at tennis.
Former Salem High School tennis star Erin McCarthy is now a pro at RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Center in West Deptford.
Tennis star Serena Williams is officially back on the tennis court, and once again, it's her outfit that's getting most of the attention.
The Bremerton Tennis & Athletic Club is hosting its annual Turkey Shoot Tennis Tournament, Nov 16-18.

In science:

Figure 1. (a) Classical random walk using a peg board and tennis balls. (b) Result of a classical random walk is a Gaussian distribution.
Quantum random walks with multiphoton interference and high order correlation functions
Almost any soft ball will do, like a tennis or basket ball.
Of Connections and Fields
We put rice, small rocks, and a tennis ball in each box, respectively.
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
A tennis ball sits atop a basketball as the two are dropped without initial speed from height 1 m.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Estimate the height the tennis ball will rebound.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
During the fall of the ball, due to air flow, the tennis ball will drag behind and consequently face a head-on collision with the basketball ball which already had bounced.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
That is, the tennis ball bounces as if on a wall.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Consequently, with regard to the ground, the tennis ball’s speed after the impact will be 2V + V = 3V .
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Therefore, the tennis ball will jump at the height of 32h = 9 m.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Moreover, as we shall see, such systems are not just of non-realistic pedagogical and academic interest but these systems can in fact exist in reality e.g., in the case of a sphere pro jected with a spin i.e., say a football or a tennis ball hit to impart both the linear and angular velocities on them.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
Suppose there is a box containing table-tennis balls, and we want to know how many balls there are in the box.
Finite Sets and Counting
For instance, Alice looks for someone between 20 and 40 years of age being enthusiastic in tennis and having some penchant to chess, whereas Carl seeks a tall person in the 20’s with highest preference for basketball.
Mathematical model of interest matchmaking in electronic social networks
It is then observed how the resulting ranking of authors changes in time and significant correlations are found between highly-ranked authors and important scientific prizes being given to them. A very similar algorithm has been used to rank professional tennis players .
Network-based information filtering algorithms: ranking and recommendation
Radicchi, F.: Who Is the Best Player Ever? A Complex Network Analysis of the History of Professional Tennis.
Network-based information filtering algorithms: ranking and recommendation
Brown, or Gerry as known to all his friends, colleagues, students and tennis partners, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei